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Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses in association with USC Shoah Foundation

Directed by Vanessa Roth

Heroic World War II veterans vividly share their liberation journeys, drawing parallels between the past and present. These powerful eyewitness accounts from Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive®, share a cautionary tale and compelling reminder of what can happen when insidious hatred remains unchecked.

Award Winner: Best Documentary Short

About the Filmmaker

Vanessa is an Oscar, Emmy, DuPont-Columbia and Sundance award-winning non-fiction filmmaker. Among her many films, she is the executive producer, writer and director of the Emmy-winning Netflix Original series, Daughters of Destiny and Academy Award-winning filmmaker for Freeheld (HBO).
Currently, she is directing the Untitled Mary J Blige documentary for Amazon Original and executive producing and directing the IMPACT series feature film for National Geographic with “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot.
With outreach a core mission of her work, she creates tools for engagement and education for universities, organizations, and foundations focusing on youth empowerment, ethics, legacy, memory, history, and storytelling.

Director Vanessa Roth discusses the impact of making “Liberation Heroes” with GIFFSD Advisory Committee Member Holly Shaffner

Plays in

Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses with A Flash of Green

Two documentary films focusing on World War II experiences.

Dates & Times


GIFFSD Website

Sun, May 23
2:30 pm